The second round of the NFL Playoffs kicks off on Saturday afternoon.
Today’s opener is an odd game. We have a one seed as a home underdog in a Divisional game to a six seed. You don’t see that frequently, but those are the dynamics at play. The Falcons are the defending NFC Champions, while the top seeded Eagles are without their starting quarterback and MVP candidate Carson Wentz. They banked enough wins with Wentz and were able to grind out enough without him to earn the top spot in the conference. Can the home crowd carry them to an upset win?
In the nightcap the Tennessee Titans, coming off an upset road win, will look to pull an even bigger upset as they look to go to Foxborough and shock the defending Super Bowl Champion Patriots. You probably won’t see a bigger mismatch on paper this postseason, but there is a reason games are not played on paper.
Wild Card Round
AFC byes: New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers
NFC byes: Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings
Saturday, Jan. 6
GAME 1: Tennessee Titans 22 Kansas City Chiefs 21
GAME 2: Atlanta Falcons 26 Los Angeles Rams 13
Sunday, Jan. 7
GAME 3: Jacksonville Jaguars 10 Buffalo Bills 3
GAME 4: New Orleans Saints 31 Carolina Panthers 26
Saturday, Jan. 13
GAME 5: Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles, 4:35 p.m., NBC
GAME 6: Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots, 8:15 p.m., CBS
Sunday, Jan. 14
GAME 7: Jacksonville Jaguars at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:05 p.m., CBS
GAME 8: New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings, 4:40 p.m., FOX
Sunday, Jan. 21
AFC Championship: Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner, 3:05 p.m., CBS
NFC Championship: Game 5 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 6:40 p.m., FOX
Super Bowl 52
Sunday, Feb. 4
AFC Champion vs. NFC Champion, 6:30 p.m., NBC
All times are Eastern.